Quinta de Juan Montalvo

Museum in Ambato

This 200-year-old house was the countryside retreat of writer Juan Montalvo, the ‘Cervantes of America.’ There’s a tiny but well-put-together museum dedicated to the author – his house was really small – and the pretty terraced gardens are worth a peek.

The quinta is roughly 3km southwest of Parque Cevallos, on the other side of the river. Taxis from downtown cost about $2.